Nicky Scarfo, Donald Trump, James Comey | Perspective

perspective With James Comey’s long awaited book “A Higher Loyalty” being released today Tuesday April 17, 2018, and with the leaked excerpt making headlines the Friday before the official release (April 13, 2018), which was followed immediately by the bombing of Syria Friday – a news story that ran parallel to publisher Macmillan’s unofficially disclosed excerpts, with some outlets implying that the two were connected in a cause & effect kind of relationship – it may be worth drilling down on one of the critical talking points of Comey’s leaked excerpt. “Flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.” ~ James Comey, ‘A Higher Loyalty’ This pretty much sums everything up in a pinpointed nutshell. It’s 100% how I’ve felt these past fifteen months… it’s the impression the vast majority of Americans have had ever since Trump was inaugurated. In short, I find Comey’s leaked excerpt particularly significant. It validates our unsettled feelings and concerns about all things Trump. It seems to be the very reason why the book is entitled A Higher Loyalty, and the explanation behind why Comey was fired. But most importantly, this specific paragraph might have otherwise gotten drowned out by the many thousands of other paragraphs that will soon be discussed for days, weeks and months to come. Isolating the exact pinpoint around which all the conflicts circle, is what I’d hope for from the fired Director of the FBI with a higher loyalty who’s releasing his memoir while Tump is still in office, while we’re still battling the many immense polarized issues, all while the Russia hurricane is thrashing our nation from coast-to-coast. Comey’s mastery of skills, and his prowess, which led him to become the Director of the FBI, a career that was cut short because of his patriotism and deep moral convictions… is still incredibly valuable. Comey may have lost his job, but he didn’t lose his skills and knowledge. The above paragraph makes this very clear. “The center point of the circle is the origin of the coordinate plane. It belongs to a multitude of circles, an unimaginably large group of concentric circles that share this point as their center. An infinity of circles share this point as their center.” ~Martin Hauser So then, the answer to our many contentious, grave national concerns while Trump is still our President, is to understand how the Mafia operates. Sadly, the methods prosecutors and law enforcement rely on to deal with the MOB are perhaps the same ones we’ll be forced to use with Trump. Thirty plus years ago, when Trump schemed of being the king of Atlantic City Casinos, he was mentored by Mob Boss Nicky Scarfo and mobster Daniel Sullivan. Nicky Scarfo’s influence over Trump appears to have been substantial and permanent. Decades later, Scarfo’s techniques are now Trump’s trademark. Comey’s statement, noted above, seems 100% accurate. But the most interesting part about Comey’s book, is that it’s written very directly. You immediately process that you’re reading a truthful statement. You don’t doubt that it’s a fact. When someone writes or speaks this way, the burden is placed on the reader. It’s the equivalent of hearing the train sound and knowing that a tornado is spiraling toward you. If a “train” can be heard, no one ever doubts that a tornado is near…or yells “Fake news.” Instead, we simply run for cover. We don’t have to be told to hide in the basement. Rather, we’re keenly aware of the next steps to take. That’s the impact of Comey’s writing style. That these are alarming facts. All Americans should be gravely concerned. We MUST quickly take the next step, which Comey makes very clear involves voting for ethical leaders, thus voting Trump and those like him out of office. Morality matters. In the mean time, all three branches of government, the DOD, every single US agency… in fact, every single solitary American needs to get the 101 on the Mafia if we’re going to weather this storm. I re-watched The Godfather this weekend to get a better handle on it.

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Trump & the Mafia | Perspective

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TRUMP & THE MAFIA

Trump’s connections with the Mafia date back to his casino days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from the early 1980’s into the 1990’s. While building his casino empire in the mid-1980’s, Trump was in deep with Mob boss Nicky Scarfo and mobster Daniel Sullivan.

Nicky Sacrfo was the master of Atlantic City election rigging.

Trump was fined $447,000 in 1998 for money laundering, “the largest fine the federal government ever slapped on a casino for violating the Bank Secrecy Act.” Trump violated the rules 106 times the first year the Taj Mahal was open.

In 2015, Trump Taj Mahal was fined again for laundering money, this time for $10 million.

It appears Trump doesn’t correct mistakes even if they’re crimes. Apparently, if you make enough money from committing the crime (i.e. if Trump was rewarded with $700,000 million for laundering Mob money, and only paid a fine of $10 million, it’s very lucrative and might even afford one the opportunity of becoming a billionaire), so there’s no point in stopping.

These types of banking regulations and fines may be the root of why Trump is so anti-regulation.

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THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

On December 5, 2017 Mueller subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for it’s loan records with the Trump Organization following Trump’s six bankruptcies and his inability to secure funding from traditional US banks.

According to Newsweek, Mueller “is looking into whether Russian money laundering fostered the Trump Organizations’s growth and development” after his many bankruptcies.  “Earlier this year, the bank paid $630 million to settle charges of laundering $10 billion for the Russians.”

Trump is ultra-sensitive about his finances, refusing to share his taxes. It appears this Deutsche Bank subpoena may have been another trigger that prompted the GOP loyalist aggressive assault on Mueller and his investigators the week before Christmas.

As we learned during Trump’s 2016 campaign, and his first year in office, Trump is retaliatory.

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STATES

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is vigorously fighting Trump on many fronts. Twenty-four lawsuits in 17 different categories. Ten million immigrants call California home. The following is the lawsuit category list:

    • Travel ban from Muslim-majority countries
    • DACA
    • Border wall
    • Sanctuary cities
    • Immigration enforcement
    • Transgender military ban
    • Birth control
    • Obamacare
    • Student loan protections
    • EPA’s Scott Pruitt and ethical concerns
    • Natural gas rules
    • Coal leasing on public land
    • Clean Air Act
    • Oil and gas royalties
    • Energy use in appliances
    • Fuel efficiency standards
    • Measuring greenhouse gases

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ENVIRONMENT

Extensive wildfires in Northern California’s wine country in October 2017 and the Thomas wildfires in Southern California raging for 3 weeks this December have tragically obliterated California’s greenhouse gas gains.

According to Live Science, the October wildfires emitted “7.9 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of about 25% of the average monthly emissions from all fossil fuel burning in the entire state of California.”

The air quality in some California cities grew so extreme it was paralleled with Beijing’s injurious air quality.

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HEALTH

Our sense of smell is a simple and effective way to receive beneficial health remedies. Take for example, pine.

Have you ever run or walked through a neighborhood filled with pine trees? If so, you’ll quickly discover how therapeutic the air is. But even more important than the psychological benefits of breathing healthful air, pine air is also rich in antioxidants (both flavonols and bioflavonoids). Antioxidants help to fight cancer, heart disease and many other diseases.

The Japanese call this de-stress phenomenon shinrin-yoku, “taking in the atmosphere of the forest.”

There are no calories in air. And air is free!

 

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